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Gavin Newsom won the election.

The 2018 California gubernatorial election took place on 6 November 2018, and elected the next Governor of California. The incumbent governor, Jerry Brown, could not run in the election due to term limits.

Gavin Newsom easily won the election. Newsom's victory was the largest victory in a gubernatorial election in California since 1950.

Primary election

The top-two candidates moved on to the general election. The primary election occurred on 5 June 2018.

Primary election
Party Choice Votes %
Democratic Gavin Newsom 2,266,406 33.57%
Republican John H. Cox 1,722,899 25.52%
Democratic Antonio Villaraigosa 896,556 13.28%
Republican Travis Allen 640,594 9.49%
Democratic John Chiang 640,128 9.48%
Democratic Delaine Eastin 225,165 3.34%
Democratic Amanda Renteria 89,960 1.33%
Republican Robert C. Newman II 43,261 0.64%
Democratic Michael Shellenberger 30,156 0.45%
Republican Peter Y. Liu 26,243 0.39%
Republican Yvonne Girard 21,081 0.31%
Others 147,859 2.19%
Total votes 6,750,308 100%

Results by county

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Primary results by county.

Red represents counties won by Cox. Blue represents counties won by Newsom. Yellow represents counties won by Villaraigosa.

County Newsom% Cox% Villaraigosa% Allen% Chiang% Others %
Alameda 53.5% 10.6% 10.0% 4.4% 9.6% 11.9%
Alpine 38.5% 24.1% 6.7% 8.7% 10.4% 11.6%
Amador 21.5% 41.8% 5.8% 15.1% 8.0% 7.8%
Butte 25.6% 34.4% 5.5% 14.5% 6.1% 13.9%
Calaveras 23.3% 38.2% 5.3% 18.1% 6.6% 8.5%
Colusa 13.0% 43.3% 16.0% 16.3% 3.6% 7.8%
Contra Costa 49.9% 19.7% 8.7% 7.4% 6.9% 7.4%
Del Norte 23.4% 27.0% 3.5% 24.8% 7.7% 13.6%
El Dorado 24.5% 40.7% 5.8% 13.9% 8.1% 7.0%
Fresno 16.8% 33.7% 20.2% 14.3% 7.6% 7.4%
Glenn 12.4% 48.1% 7.9% 18.2% 3.3% 10.1%
Humboldt 37.9% 22.3% 5.0% 9.6% 6.4% 18.8%
Imperial 11.8% 22.7% 31.2% 9.8% 7.9% 16.6%
Inyo 22.6% 30.7% 8.6% 15.9% 8.7% 13.5%
Kern 12.1% 40.6% 13.9% 19.9% 5.4% 8.1%
Kings 9.4% 36.7% 17.0% 23.8% 6.7% 6.4%
Lake 37.5% 28.4% 6.6% 12.0% 5.0% 10.5%
Lassen 13.1% 41.7% 2.1% 26.8% 6.6% 9.7%
Los Angeles 32.7% 19.6% 21.7% 5.8% 13.2% 7.0%
Madera 12.8% 40.2% 15.7% 18.9% 5.2% 7.2%
Marin 64.1% 12.5% 8.2% 3.8% 5.3% 6.1%
Mariposa 19.1% 34.9% 8.2% 23.4% 6.3% 8.1%
Mendocino 45.2% 17.9% 7.8% 9.1% 5.1% 14.9%
Merced 18.3% 30.0% 17.6% 16.0% 7.3% 10.8%
Modoc 11.5% 51.2% 2.8% 17.3% 3.1% 14.1%
Mono 31.6% 26.1% 12.2% 12.0% 5.0% 13.1%
Monterey 37.8% 19.8% 16.8% 9.4% 6.6% 9.6%
Napa 46.1% 19.4% 10.0% 9.7% 5.5% 9.3%
Nevada 34.1% 25.7% 5.9% 17.4% 7.0% 9.9%
Orange 24.3% 36.3% 11.4% 11.5% 9.0% 7.5%
Placer 25.7% 40.2% 5.8% 13.1% 9.0% 6.2%
Plumas 26.9% 38.5% 3.8% 15.5% 5.7% 9.6%
Riverside 22.3% 34.4% 13.7% 15.3% 7.5% 6.8%
Sacramento 29.7% 26.2% 10.7% 10.2% 14.5% 8.7%
San Benito 33.6% 23.4% 13.3% 16.0% 4.8% 8.9%
San Bernardino 19.7% 33.9% 15.2% 14.7% 9.2% 7.3%
San Diego 30.5% 32.6% 10.4% 7.5% 9.8% 9.2%
San Francisco 57.5% 6.6% 9.1% 2.2% 8.9% 15.7%
San Joaquin 26.3% 31.4% 11.1% 13.6% 9.3% 8.3%
San Luis Obispo 33.2% 29.4% 6.8% 14.6% 7.3% 8.7%
San Mateo 55.0% 13.9% 10.4% 5.1% 7.1% 8.5%
Santa Barbara 33.8% 26.2% 12.3% 11.5% 6.8% 9.4%
Santa Clara 48.5% 13.9% 10.9% 8.3% 7.7% 10.7%
Santa Cruz 52.4% 11.8% 11.5% 7.0% 4.5% 12.8%
Shasta 16.9% 44.3% 3.9% 19.9% 4.5% 10.5%
Sierra 22.9% 35.1% 3.7% 17.6% 7.1% 13.6%
Siskiyou 23.3% 34.5% 3.4% 18.5% 5.0% 15.3%
Solano 41.6% 23.3% 8.9% 11.3% 6.9% 8.0%
Sonoma 54.6% 16.4% 8.9% 5.5% 4.9% 9.7%
Stanislaus 23.2% 31.6% 12.3% 16.3% 7.3% 9.3%
Sutter 16.4% 40.0% 8.3% 17.4% 8.2% 9.7%
Tehama 13.2% 45.4% 4.5% 21.6% 4.7% 10.6%
Trinity 23.6% 31.4% 4.7% 17.9% 5.4% 17.0%
Tulare 13.9% 36.5% 16.4% 20.4% 5.2% 7.6%
Tuolumne 26.8% 37.6% 5.7% 15.8% 5.6% 8.5%
Ventura 26.7% 32.6% 13.4% 9.1% 11.0% 7.2%
Yolo 31.6% 19.9% 13.7% 7.0% 14.6% 13.2%
Yuba 16.3% 39.6% 7.6% 21.1% 6.6% 8.8%
Totals 33.6% 25.5% 13.3% 9.5% 9.5% 8.6%

Polling

General election

Poll source Date(s) given Sample
size
Margin
of error
Gavin
Newsom (D)
John
Cox (R)
Undecided
Probolsky Research (R) August 29 – September 2, 2018 900 ± 5.8% 44% 39% 17%
Public Policy Institute of California July 8–17, 2018 1,020 ± 4.3% 55% 31% 9%
SurveyUSA June 26–27, 2018 559 ± 5.9% 58% 29% 13%
USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times June 6–17, 2018 767 ± 4.0% 45% 28% 27%
J. Wallin Opinion Research/Tulchin Research March 30 – April 4, 2018 800 ± 3.7% 42% 32% 26%
SmithJohnson Research (R-Cox) March 2018 496 45% 45%

General election

California Governor Election Results by County, 2018
Results by California's counties      Cox—70-80%      Cox—60-70%      Cox—50-60%      Newsom—50-60%      Newsom—60-70%      Newsom—70-80%      Newsom—80-90%

The general election took place on 6 November 2018.

General election
Party Choice Votes %
Democratic Gavin Newsom 7,721,410 61.9%
Republican John H. Cox 4,742,825 38.1%
Total votes 12,464,235 100.0%

Results by county

Here are the results of the election by county.

Gavin Newsom

Democratic

John Cox

Republican

Total Votes
County # % # % #
Alameda 462,558 80.6% 111,677 19.4% 574,235
Alpine 386 62.8% 229 37.2% 615
Amador 6,237 35.5% 11,356 64.5% 17,593
Butte 41,500 46.8% 47,226 53.2% 88,726
Calaveras 7,765 35.9% 13,845 64.1% 21,610
Colusa 1,999 34.7% 3,764 65.3% 5,763
Contra Costa 283,805 68.2% 132,345 31.8% 416,150
Del Norte 3,441 41.3% 4,887 58.7% 8,328
El Dorado 36,297 40.6% 53,140 59.4% 89,437
Fresno 124,332 49.1% 128,974 50.9% 253,306
Glenn 2,424 29.1% 5,908 70.9% 8,332
Humboldt 33,455 64.5% 18,418 35.5% 51,873
Imperial 20,573 61.7% 12,785 38.3% 33,358
Inyo 3,244 44.7% 4,018 55.3% 7,262
Kern 83,507 41.1% 119,870 58.9% 203,377
Kings 12,275 40.6% 17,976 59.4% 30,251
Lake 10,869 51.4% 10,280 48.6% 21,149
Lassen 2,043 22.7% 6,973 77.3% 9,016
Los Angeles 2,114,699 71.9% 826,402 28.1% 2,941,101
Madera 15,037 39.0% 23,488 61.0% 38,525
Marin 103,671 79.5% 26,750 20.5% 130,421
Mariposa 3,183 38.7% 5,043 61.3% 8,226
Mendocino 22,152 66.3% 11,255 33.7% 33,407
Merced 30,783 52.0% 28,424 48.0% 59,207
Modoc 820 23.8% 2,628 76.2% 3,448
Mono 2,706 55.8% 2,147 44.2% 4,853
Monterey 76,648 66.0% 39,516 34.0% 116,164
Napa 36,513 64.8% 19,834 35.2% 56,347
Nevada 27,985 52.9% 24,882 47.1% 52,867
Orange 543,047 50.1% 539,951 49.9% 1,082,998
Placer 72,270 41.2% 103,157 58.8% 175,427
Plumas 3,433 37.2% 5,807 62.8% 9,240
Riverside 319,845 49.8% 322,243 50.2% 642,088
Sacramento 302,696 58.8% 212,010 41.2% 514,706
San Benito 11,274 56.1% 8,815 43.9% 20,089
San Bernardino 276,874 51.5% 260,379 48.5% 537,253
San Diego 658,346 56.9% 499,532 43.1% 1,157,878
San Francisco 312,181 86.4% 49,181 13.6% 361,362
San Joaquin 101,474 52.2% 92,966 47.8% 194,440
San Luis Obispo 65,117 51.6% 61,137 48.4% 126,254
San Mateo 213,282 75.2% 70,242 24.8% 283,524
Santa Barbara 93,841 60.5% 61,300 39.5% 155,141
Santa Clara 438,758 71.4% 175,791 28.6% 614,549
Santa Cruz 91,523 76.8% 27,665 23.2% 119,188
Shasta 20,256 28.9% 49,825 71.1% 70,081
Sierra 599 35.9% 1,068 64.1% 1,667
Siskiyou 7,218 39.7% 10,946 60.3% 18,164
Solano 89,694 61.3% 56,627 38.7% 146,321
Sonoma 152,040 72.3% 58,338 27.7% 210,378
Stanislaus 77,220 49.2% 79,751 50.8% 156,971
Sutter 11,122 37.0% 18,935 63.0% 30,057
Tehama 5,756 27.5% 15,137 72.5% 20,893
Trinity 2,250 42.3% 3,075 57.7% 5,325
Tulare 42,702 42.8% 57,012 57.2% 99,714
Tuolumne 9,294 38.9% 14,580 61.1% 23,874
Ventura 171,729 55.6% 137,393 44.4% 309,122
Yolo 49,759 67.8% 23,611 32.2% 73,370
Yuba 6,903 36.0% 12,293 64.0% 19,196
Totals 7,721,410 61.9% 4,742,825 38.1% 12,464,235
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